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According to OSHA, a "cleanup operation" is an operation where hazardous substances are removed, contained, incinerated, neutralized, stabilized, cleared-up, or in any other manner processed or handled with the goal of making the site safer for people or the environment.
All employees working on sites with cleanup operations covered by the HAZWOPER standard must receive training if they are exposed to hazardous substances, health hazards, or safety hazards.
General waste site workers (such as equipment operators, general laborers and supervisory personnel) engaged in hazardous substance removal or other activities that expose or potentially expose workers to hazardous substances and health hazards must receive a minimum of 40 hours of initial instruction off the site, and a minimum of three days actual field experience under the direct supervision of a trained, experienced supervisor.
There are 20 online courses included within the HAZWOPER: 40-Hour Initial Training: General Waste Site Workers Curriculum:
- Overview for Waste Site Workers introduces hazardous waste cleanup site hazards, tells the history behind the HAZWOPER Standard, gives on overview of the paragraphs of the standard that impact cleanup workers, covers the different cleanup worker roles and training requirements, and summarizes important worker rights under the Occupational Safety and Health Act.
- Health & Physical Hazards creates awareness to hazards that may be present when working at a hazardous waste cleanup site or responding to an emergency release. Hazard control, chemical hazards, other site hazards, and related safety and health precautions are covered.
- Chemical Fundamentals informs learners of how chemical-related terms are defined; the health and physical hazards, properties, stability, reactivity, and toxicity of chemicals; and the routes, symptoms, types, and effects of chemical exposure.
- Written HAZWOPER Plans & Programs focuses on the plans and programs that are required prior to conducting any work at a hazardous waste cleanup site.
- Medical Program acquaints learners with the Medical Program including the types of exams required, emergency and non-emergency treatment, medical records available, and symptoms to watch for that may indicate injury or illness while working with hazardous substances during hazardous waste cleanup or emergency response operations.
- Exposure Monitoring & Sampling informs learners of the purpose and advantages and disadvantages of exposure monitoring and sampling, types and frequency of monitoring and sampling, the instruments used along with calibration and maintenance requirements, methods available for obtaining samples, and the importance of recognizing result data and keeping accurate records of samples collected.
- Site Control Measures informs learners about the importance of maintaining site control and the tools available to help accomplish that including site characterization, all the elements in the site control program, and other control measures.
- Personal Protective Equipment & Clothing informs learners of the different types of PPE and chemical protective clothing (CPC) including their uses and limitations, levels of protection, how to don and doff the equipment, and the importance of proper storage, inspection, and maintenance.
- Respiratory Protection provides learners with comprehensive information on the purpose of respirators, all the components and types of respiratory protection equipment, respirator selection factors, respirator fit tests, and how to care for and use a respirator properly.
- Decontamination focuses on ways to avoid contamination, the decontamination process including methods and equipment used in decontamination, the limitations associated with decontamination, the decontamination line itself, and emergency decontamination procedures.
- HazCom, Hazmat, & Hazardous Waste covers the basics of OSHA Hazard Communication, DOT Hazardous Materials, and EPA Hazardous Waste regulations with the perspective of the hazardous waste cleanup site worker and emergency responder in mind. The HAZWOPER Standard, at its core, is about operations that involve the handling of hazardous substances, including hazardous chemicals, materials, and waste.
- Handling & Shipping Drums & Containers focuses on the precautions and procedures to use when handling, opening, staging, and shipping drums and other containers of hazardous substances. The course goes over the importance of inspection, planning, sampling, and characterizing drums and containers before movement. Special precautions and spill containment are also addressed.
- Hazardous Substance Recognition & Identification teaches learners the methods and resources available to help recognize and identify hazardous substances in an emergency, how to assess risk in an emergency, and make initial decisions in an emergency.
- Emergency Response Planning focuses on what an Emergency Response Plan (ERP) is, the basic steps involved in an emergency response, employee roles in a response to a hazardous substance emergency release, and internal and external communications during an emergency.
- Emergency & Post-Emergency Response Procedures exposes learners to the steps used for notification, preparation, and response during emergency and post-emergency response operations.
- Fire Prevention & Protection addresses the fire basics at any hazardous waste cleanup site.
- Radiation & Biologic Exposures familiarizes workers with the types of radiation they may encounter at work, dose limits, postings, and how to minimize exposure to radiation. It also informs workers about the different types of biological agents they should be aware of and how to protect themselves from bloodborne pathogens, as well as poisonous plants, animals, and insects.
- Confined Spaces provides necessary information to help prevent injuries, illnesses, and fatalities that may result from working in or around permit-required confined spaces at hazardous waste cleanup sites.
- Electrical Safety & Lockout/Tagout familiarizes workers with the basics of electrical safety, how to recognize and avoid electrical hazards, what hazardous energy is, and how to properly perform lockout/tagout procedures to help avoid incidents involving electricity and other hazardous energy.
- Temperature Extremes informs cleanup site workers about the dangers of working in extreme temperatures, the signs and symptoms to watch for with temperature-related disorders, how to respond to signs and symptoms, and how to protect themselves when working in temperature extremes.
Intended Audience: General site workers—such as equipment operators, general laborers, and supervisory personnel—who may be involved or expected to engage in hazardous waste cleanup operations where the worker may be exposed to hazardous substances, health hazards, or safety hazards.
Length: 22 hours
Copyright Date: 2018
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